Nature and Mental Health: Exploring the Benefits of Mother Nature on Seniors

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Nature and Mental Health: Exploring the Benefits of Mother Nature on Seniors

There’s no debate that everyone has been cooped up in the house these past few months. Fortunately, fresh air is only a step away! Science shows that nature and mental health are directly linked, highlighting that fresh air is beneficial to both ones’ physical and mental health. The presence of trees removes pollution from the air, making it healthier for us to take into our lungs. Clean air can drastically help those who suffer from acute respiratory symptoms. Fresh air can also boost one’s immune system. According to a recent Harvard study, spending time outside “leads to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils and monocytes, which ultimately increase immune function.”

On the psychological side, fresh air does wonders! The outdoor scents bust stress and increase happiness. Smelling certain flowers like roses, lavender and jasmine promotes relaxation and also lower one’s anxiety. Even a whiff of freshly cut grass can up one’s mood. Fresh oxygen is also known to energize. Research shows that spending time outside, surrounded by nature, increases energy in 90 percent of people.

In order to receive these wonderful benefits, you must select an outdoor activity that is best suited for them. The options are endless and range from a variety of activity levels.

  • Outdoor theater or concert
  • Gardening
  • Picnics
  • Bird watching

While the list could go on and on, the above are just a few examples of how nature and mental health are directly linked. Regardless of what is planned, make sure to enjoy the one-on-one time with Mother Nature – you’ll be amazed at what a little time with her can do!

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